Is The SAT Worth It?
by dbent2 on September 16, 2013 - 6:44pm
To test or not to test, that is the question. In the article “Two Professors Retake The SAT: Is It a Good Test” these professors test the authenticity of the exam. Students of all ages across the United States come together with number 2 pencils to take these dreaded standardized tests. Standardized testing has been apart of normal student life for the last 50 years dating back to the first standardized test given in China. The method of standardized testing was to test numerous amounts of people at the same time. Standardized testing is meant to determine how well or poor a student was achieving although it’s a controversial topic. Many feel as though these standardized tests do not fully show students capability but their capability to answer general questions. While other people like school officials and teachers feel as though the test shows how much the students really understand which will hopefully lead to changes in the curriculum if they see a lot of poor grades in a certain area. But, I feel as though standardized testing should be eliminated because it truly doesn’t show what a student has learned through their high school years in one test.
Although the SAT is one of those standardized tests that we can’t escape, it still shouldn’t have as much emphasis on the lives of students. But, one can also see why the SAT might not be so bad. For one, it tests how well a prospective student can score under pressure. It also can help you avoid taking remedial classes since many colleges do look at your scores to determine whether or not you need to a take a remedial class. So, if you do well you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run. Also, just like remedial classes, which are based off of SAT scores, universities also look at it as a way to base merit scholarships off of. So, one can see why SATs are a big deal and it will help students overall so they at least know their problem areas and can seek extra help. But, many don’t like the fact that people use SAT scores as in indicator at who will graduate college. A higher score doesn’t always mean your ready for college, it just means you took the test well and knew how to work it to their advantage like omitting certain questions. Overall, the usage of the SAT has both its positive and negatives and hopefully as time goes on, colleges will find another way to admit students to their university.